School Social Worker Initial Renewal Requirements
The Educational Staff Associate (ESA) may apply for an Initial ESA Renewal Certificate beginning 9/1/2020. The Initial ESA Renewal Certificate shall be valid for five years. See below for requirements.
- Must attest to completion of an issues of abuse course. For more information see WAC 181-79A-030(9) . This course MUST be entered in the 'PD Hours' section of your E-Certification account prior to applying.
- Must complete 100 clock hours or equivalent college credits or Professional Growth Plans (PGP) or a combination of any of the three options, which must have been completed in the five years prior to the application date for renewal.
- Must attest to the completion of a suicide prevention training approved by the PESB in the state of Washington within the five years previous to application Form 4020S
- Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record
NATIONAL CERTIFICATION NOTE: Educators who hold a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate, Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, or Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential issued by the National Association of School Psychologists may submit that certificate in lieu of the 100 clock hours (or equivalent) to renew their Washington educator or ESA certificate.
Subsequent Renewals: 100 clock hours or equivalent must be completed from the date of issuance through the expiration date of the current certificate.
NOTE: For subsequent renewals, an application to renew must NOT be submitted more than 12 months in advance of that certificate's expiration date.
Renewal of an expired Initial ESA Certificate: 100 clock hours or equivalents must be completed within the five years immediately preceding the date of application for renewal.
NOTE: Educators applying to renew an expired certificate must submit documentation of completed clock hours or equivalents to the Certification Office for review with their application.
ISSUE OF ABUSE COURSE NOTE: The candidate must have taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of a teacher to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
Clock hour equivalents are allowed as follows: 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours; 1 semester credit= 15 clock hours; 1 PGP until 6/30/2018 = 30 clock hours; 1 PGP as of 7/1/2018= 25 clock hours.
Template Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal
Form 1128-8: Use this form to document completion of a Professional Growth Plan and submit to your school district to claim clock hours and to the Certification Office if you are submitting an application for renewal or reinstatement of an EXPIRED certificate.
For PGP information and resources, please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board.
LICENSE HOURS NOTE: Certain ESA roles are allowed to count any continuing education credits (CEUs) that they completed to satisfy the requirements for their state professional health license to also fulfill the continuing education requirement (clock hour equivalents) for their certification renewal. FORM 4098V Please see ESA Clock Hour Information for details.
General Clock Hour Information
Please note requirements are subject to change.